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God Keeps His Promises

Obedience and blessing. Years ago, I decided to “go,” to accept a job in another state. Going was my idea. I had doubts but couldn’t identify a “good reason” why I shouldn’t go. It was a great job; it would be a step up in my career. Despite repeatedly sensing I should stay (which I…

Don’t Be Afraid or Discouraged

A quiet pause. Regina had already decided to accept the task the Lord called her to, to live the dream of her youth. She chose to ignore the scary thoughts (most whispered by the enemy) that begged for her attention: “How will you get this done?” “Do really you think you can learn all the…

An Old Dream, A New Life

A big dream. Have you ever had a “big dream”? A hope of your heart, a desire you knew the Lord Himself had planted? A promise you restlessly waited to be fulfilled? Regina had a big dream. Decades had gone by and she still hadn’t seen it fulfilled. It seemed one thing after another had…

Unanswered Prayers

Unanswered prayer.  Unexpected answers. We pray, hoping the Lord will change something: a circumstance, a situation, a heart. With frustration, we realize it seems nothing has changed. But we’re wrong. The “something” the Lord has changed is the heart.   I prayed for decades. I knocked, asked, and prayed for a couple of decades. Sometimes…

Forgiveness

Amy asked Rachel if we’re called to forgive a person who has offended us but who has not repented or express  sorrow for their actions. Amy had been hurt. She believed there is no forgiveness without repentance, and since  repentance is between the sinner and God, she was off the hook. “It’s not my job…

Waiting Well

How do you feel about “waiting”? It’s never been one of my favorite things. Yet, waiting is something we do all our lives. As a child, I waited to go to kindergarten so I could stand at an easel and paint. (I missed the age cut and went straight to first grade; so disappointing!) As…

Deserving

“I don’t deserve this,” I prayed. I sighed with quiet frustration. I know I’m a sinner; I don’t “deserve” anything good. But I still felt frustrated. For years I had made time to support an ill family member. She often acknowledged my help with a “thank you,” but there were many difficult and frustrating times.…

The Fog

At the beginning of a New Year many of us do two things: take time to review last year (and clean-out the files!), and identify this year’s goal. Having determined the goal, I began cleaning and organizing my office. I found a card advertising a conference. The card was four years old! The conference, an…

Resolutions

At the start of a new year, we tend to make resolutions, things we’re determined to start (or stop) doing now because, after all, we should already be (or not be) doing them. Some of us don’t like to make resolutions; it seems there’re made to be broken or “re-resolved” weekly (if not daily). I’m…

Energy

Five-and-a-half-year-old Katie jumped and danced in her purple unicorn shirt with matching leggings. So much energy! I remember a day when she literally jumped up and down in place: “Why are you jumping, Katie?” “Because I like to jump” came her nearly breathless reply. I find myself wondering why so much energy is granted to…